From Sri Lanka to Canada’s Cabinet: The Rise of Gary Anandasangaree – By BNN NEWSROOM

From Sri Lanka to Canada’s Cabinet: The Rise of Gary Anandasangaree – By BNN NEWSROOM

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Sri Lankan-Born Gary Anandasangaree Appointed as Canadian Minister
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The New Cabinet Appointment

Gary Anandasangaree, a Sri Lankan-born Tamil, has recently been appointed as a Cabinet Minister in the Canadian Government. This appointment comes as part of a reshuffle in which seven new Members of Parliament (MPs) were promoted to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet. Anandasangaree, who is the son of Veerasingham Anandasangaree, a former MP and the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), was elected as the MP for Scarborough-Rouge Park in Toronto in 2015.

New Role as the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Anandasangaree was officially sworn in as the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, taking over the position from Marc Miller. Before this appointment, he served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister, as well as the Justice and Heritage Ministers.

Background and Education

Born in Sri Lanka, Anandasangaree immigrated to Canada with his mother in 1983. He holds degrees from Carleton University in Ottawa and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Leading a law firm in Scarborough, his areas of specialization include business, real estate, and international human rights law.

Active Involvement in the Community

Anandasangaree has also been a representative for the organization Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada at the United Nations. Moreover, he has been proactive within Tamil community organizations, demonstrating his commitment to serve and uphold the rights of his community.

Outspoken Views on Sri Lanka

Anandasangaree has often been in the news for his frank views on Sri Lanka. In March, he made headlines when he labelled Sri Lanka as “a failed and bankrupt state.” His appointment to the Canadian Cabinet underscores his political rise and the influence he holds within the Canadian government.

Continuing a Legacy

As the son of Veerasingham Anandasangaree, a former MP and leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), Gary Anandasangaree carries forward a legacy of public service and advocacy. His father’s political background and leadership within the Tamil community provide a strong foundation for his own political journey.


With his appointment as Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Gary Anandasangaree’s political career reaches a significant milestone. His rise within the Canadian government not only symbolizes his personal achievement but also represents the growing influence of the Tamil community within Canadian politics. As he embarks on this new role, his strong advocacy for human rights and dedication to serving his community are sure to guide his work and initiatives.

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